Tesla Curiosities: things you definitely didn’t know about it!

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8/3/2022 4:48 PM
8/3/2022 4:47 PM

Things you definitely didn’t know about it ⚡

Dog mode, theater, arcade & game mode, Tesla browser, toybox, camp mode and more!

Dog Mode 🐶😺


Yes! That's exactly what you read: you can now ride safely with your loved pets in your Tesla! In 2019, Tesla introduced a dog mode on all cars, which allows you to set up the temperature inside the car so it makes your dogs, cats, or any other pet comfy while they wait for you.

In this mode, the screen also broadcasts a message to people who might be concerned about the pet inside the car, letting them know that the pet is safe.

This amazing feature includes both cooling and heating modes! 

Entertainment and fun! 🥁

Theater 📺

Play various video streaming services (such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc.) while parked.

Arcade: Want to game? 🎮

Depending on the game, you may need to use the steering wheel buttons or a USB controller to play arcade games.

Tesla Browser 💻

Access the web browser as you do on your laptop and phone.

Toybox 🧸

Emissions Testing Mode

Holiday fun can come in surprising ways. Select your preferred fart style and target seat. For those lucky vehicles equipped with a Pedestrian Warning System, you can choose to broadcast externally when in Park. Use your turn signal or press the left scroll wheel when you’re ready to “release” your prank.


The map shows your Model 3 as a rover on the Martian landscape, and the About Your Tesla box displays SpaceX's interplanetary spaceship.

Rainbow Charge Port

When Model 3 is locked and charging, press the button on the mobile connector ten times in quick succession. Neat, huh?

Rainbow Road

Need more cowbells? Visit Rainbow Road by moving the drive stalk fully down four times in quick succession while Autosteer is enabled.

Romance Mode

You can’t roast chestnuts by an open fire in your car, but you can still cozy up with your loved ones by this virtual fireplace. While in Park, access Romance Mode from your Toybox. Queue the music and get your romance on!


Channel your inner Picasso. Show us what you got! Touch Publish to submit your artistic compositions to Tesla for critiquing.


It's never too late to follow your dream of becoming a world-famous DJ. With TRAX, you can turn your vehicle into your own personal music studio. While in Park, choose from an array of instruments and unique sounds to create the next hit song. Access TRAX through your Toybox on the touchscreen and get jamming. Microphone and headset not included (depending on vehicle configuration and market region, this may not be available on your vehicle).

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything

Rename your car to 42 (touch Controls > Software and touch the vehicle's name). Notice the new name of your Model 3.

Camp Mode ⛺

What's it? The Camp Mode feature lets you turn your vehicle into a comfortable and breathable car and one in which you can comfortably sleep and camp in.

When you put your vehicle into Camp Mode the cabin will maintain its interior lighting, temperature, airflow, and play your music.

How can I enable it? On the Tesla’s touch screen, touch the fan icon at the bottom of it, then touch the icon marked, “camp.” The vehicle has to be in Park mode to use the Camp Mode option.

When can I not use the camp mode? It cannot be used unless the vehicle is in Park. You need more than a 15% charge remaining. A thread on Twitter noted, though, that Camp Mode could be used even if the battery charge was as low as 5%. We haven’t tested that yet, though.

What about energy consumption? Running the vehicle in Camp Mode will eat up about 10% of the charge in an eight-hour time frame. If it’s extremely cold or otherwise inclement weather, the battery will be drained more quickly, because it will have to work harder to maintain the interior temperature you’ve chosen. Even at low temperatures for about eight hours, the consumption will be around 15%.

Tesla Wi-Fi: Premium Connectivity 🌐

All cars come with Standard Connectivity which provides access to most connectivity features over Wi-Fi only, in addition to basic maps and navigation and music streaming over Bluetooth®.

Premium Connectivity provides the ability to access all connectivity features over cellular, in addition to Wi-Fi, for the most intuitive and engaging ownership experience. Premium Connectivity is available as a monthly subscription of $9.99 plus applicable tax or as an annual subscription of $99 plus applicable tax and can be purchased at any time from your vehicle touchscreen or your Tesla app. Orders of Model S, Model X, Model Y and Model 3 will receive a Premium Connectivity trial at delivery.

To subscribe to Premium Connectivity from your vehicle touchscreen:

  • On your vehicle touchscreen, tap 'Controls.'
  • Tap 'Upgrades.'
  • If your vehicle is eligible, you will see an option to subscribe to Premium Connectivity.
  • To subscribe, select 'Swipe to Purchase.' Your Premium Connectivity features will be available once your vehicle is parked and has completed the necessary software update.
  • If you do not have a billing address or credit card on file, complete your subscription purchase in the Tesla app.


Bonus: Change the color of your Tesla! 🚙

You can add some fun and color to your Tesla! Change the color of your Model 3 on the touchscreen by navigating to Toybox or Controls > Software. Touch the color swatch next to the vehicle name and customize the paint, tone, and more.

Find out more